Metallosis, or metallic poisoning, is one of the most dangerous side effects associated with defective metal hip implants such as the DePuy ASR Hip. This condition has the potential to cause loosening, detachment and dislocation of the device, as well as long-term damage to tissue, bone and other organs.
Traditional hip implant devices utilized a ball and cup made of metal and plastic or metal and ceramic. The DePuy ASR XL Hip Implant, however, was designed with a metal-on-metal ball and cup to be more durable. DePuy even marketed the device to younger, more active patients, claiming they could run, jump and exercise after hip replacement.
Although the metal-on-metal design of the DePuy ASR might have reduced long term wear and increased durability of the device itself, the metal ball and socket system has been shown to release metal shavings into the body with wear, which leads to more serious and immediate side effects like DePuy hip metallic poisoning.
DePuy hip metallic poisoning from toxic metal shavings has been shown to cause the breakdown of bone marrow and white blood cells. A 2009 study from the U.K. related metallosis with problems such as vision loss, soft tissue and muscle damage, hearing loss and hip pain.
DePuy ASR hips are constructed of chromium and cobalt, which the National Institute of Health has linked to severe tissue inflammation and poisoning. Experts have even related the effects of metal poisoning to cancer or birth defects if the toxic metals enter the reproductive organs near the pelvic region.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy ASR hip implant, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today.
Experts with the FDA, U.K. National Joint Registry of England & Wales and other organizations have warned against further use of metal hips due to the high failure rate and long-term health risks.
DePuy issued a recall of the devices in August of 2010, however, records now show the company may have known of the dangers years before, but failed to warn patients.
Although DePuy attempted to settle claims quickly as part of the recall, more than 10,000 patients filed a DePuy lawsuit. The company recently announced it will pay more than $4 billion to settle lawsuits from thousands of patients who needed surgery to replace their defective devices. They will also settle cases with those who may need surgery in the future.
If you or a family member received a metal hip such as the DePuy ASR, it is important to learn about your legal options as soon as possible. Lawyers are available to discuss your case at no cost and are still helping those affected file claims, however, time is limited.
Due to the specialized nature of these lawsuits, it is important to choose a lawyer with experience fighting large medical companies. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms that have already handled DePuy hip lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the warnings, recall, side effects and legal news related to DePuy and other metal hips, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to help.